Re: How a thought becomes a law

by , Jun 26, 2006 | 6:14 pm

Lavigne in Austin writes in about the state of poker movements in Austin and elsewhere:

Re: How a thought becomes a law

Nice post. Thanks for the props. It is important that we keep giving the media clear messaging regarding poker and the fight to regulate it. They are all too willing to lump us in with the rest of the gambling talk.

I can tell you from my discussions with legislators and lobbyists pushing for various levels of gambling that we need to make sure that poker is kept separate. the only way we get decent poker in texas is through it being held in a separate class or, we allow full on casinos. I don’t think we are close to getting casinos, so for the time being we have to work on getting just poker rooms.

the fight will not just be as to whether or not we get poker, but who gets to run the rooms. Are bars allowed to have tables? who can hold charity tournaments? do we put tables in bingo halls? racetracks? or can we get separate rooms? if we get separate rooms, who will be eligeable to get licensed as operators, distributors of poker equipment etc…?

these are just a few of the questions that are being discussed right now. we need to have the full participation of the rooms or those who want to operate rooms.

Here in Austin a group called the Texas Card Player Association has formed. Several of these guys want to run rooms and are also interested in protecting the integrity of the game (avoiding a fiasco like FL).

I am on the TCPA board now as well. These guys are putting their $$ where their mouths are too. they make regular contributions to keep the organization going and are working hand in hand with the Poker PAC.

Dallas rooms should get on board now and help guide this movement. I know they have a lot historical and practical knowledge about running a good room that could be used to write good law.

Thanks for keeping the fight up in Dallas.


Thank you, Lavigne. And I, too, know a thing or two about the media … and these will be some of the decisions players face in the coming weeks/months … how big of a fight do they want to pick? While law and media perception go hand-in-hand, they are often two very different things.

3 Comments to “Re: How a thought becomes a law”

  1. Scott Chaffin

    As big as we possibly can? Why shoot low? I want California-style cardrooms. Not at the racetrack, not next to slot machines, not video poker, no extraneous BS. 10-seat holdem with a dealer and a rake and a waitress.

  2. Tim B.

    i agree that i want to see cardrooms treated as distinct from other gambling. and im ok with the idea of big cardrooms, im just not much interested in patronizing them. id rather play at a small cardroom than a monster california style room or casino.

    i also really DONT want to see a seat-time charge instead of a rake, which is another feature of the california rooms…

    i dont understand why cardroom licenses cant be handled much the same way as liquor licenses. one would apply to the relevant agency for a license, and be inspected periodically for compliance. that way, just about anyone who wanted to run one, and could meet the licensing requirements, could do so. bars, restaurants, independent rooms, what have you.

  3. lavigne

    Thanks for the input.


    Currently the models we have been discussing do involve a raked system.

    And in regards to the licensing issues involved, one need look at the State of Texas’ Bingo code to get a taste of how intricate and specific it can be.

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